ROME – Pope Francis will spend a few more days in hospital after his July 4 bowel surgery to “optimize” recovery and rehabilitation treatments and therapies, the Vatican announced on Monday.
POPE FRANCIS IS “GOING” AFTER INTESTINAL SURGERY, SAYS THE VATICAN
The Vatican initially said Francis could be released from Rome’s Gemelli polyclinic by the end of last week. In its last update on Monday, the Vatican said it had completed postoperative treatment but “would still have a few days left to optimize medical and rehabilitation therapy.”
Surgeons removed half of Francis’ colon on July 4 in what doctors called a severe narrowing of the large intestine.
The 84-year-old has appeared in public for the first time since Sunday’s surgery, looking in good shape as he said his weekly prayer from the balcony of the 10th-floor hospital. He took the opportunity to call for free health care for all.
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Francis has scheduled the operation for July, when he typically suspends all public and private hearings and takes some time to rest. Even as he recovers, plans continue for an autumn of travel, including confirmation on Monday from the Scottish church that Francis hopes to make a quick trip to Glasgow to attend the COP26 climate conference in November.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the Scottish Bishops’ Conference said the bishops wrote to Francis to assure him of a warm welcome to Scotland and were “delighted to hear that he hopes to attend and that he would be happy to meet them in Glasgow ”.
The climate conference is scheduled to take place from October 31 to November 31. 12, but Francis should only go “for a very short time,” the bishops said, explaining that his visit would therefore not include a full program of pastoral gatherings that are normally part of a papal trip to the Church. foreign.
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The Vatican has not confirmed Francis’ participation in the Glasgow rally, although Francis has made environmental concerns the cornerstone of his papacy. The Holy See has confirmed its intention to visit Hungary and Slovakia in September, the only other confirmed trip on its schedule so far this year.
Francis had reason to be in a good mood on Monday: his native Argentina defeated Brazil 1-0 to win the Copa America, and his adopted Italy won the European Championship after beating England in a penalty shootout on Sunday evening.
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The Vatican said the Pope, who grew up as a fan of Buenos Aires club San Lorenzo, “shared the joy” of the victories of the two national teams and reiterated his belief in the importance of sporting values and the necessity to accept any result, including loss.
The Vatican statement quoted Francis saying “only in this way, in the face of life’s hardships, can you always step in, fight without giving up, with hope and faith.”
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